Best team for the Sunshine Cup in Pokemon Go

Daniel Megarry
Pidgeot appearing in the Pokemon Go Sunshine Cup best team

The Sunshine Cup is a brand new addition to the Pokemon Go Battle League, so we’ve put together some of the best team recommendations to help you eclipse the opposition.

If you’re looking for a fresh challenge outside of the traditional Great League, Ultra League, and Master League, then the Sunshine Cup might be just what you need.

This limited-time cup features a unique ruleset where only Normal, Fire, Grass, and Ground-type Pokémon are allowed to compete, which really limits the number of Pokemon you’ll be able to use.

If you’re hoping to shine bright in the Sunshine Cup, you’ll find a couple of best team recommendations and a list of some of the top-performing Pokemon right here.


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Best team for the Sunshine Cup in Pokemon Go

One of the best teams you can use for the Sunshine Cup is Pidgeot, Galarian Stunfisk, and Swampert.

Pidgeot is currently top of PvPoke’s rankings, thanks to a brilliant moveset that includes Feather Dance which issues a guaranteed Attack debuff to opponents, while Galarian Stunfisk and Swampert should help cover anything Pidgeot can’t handle.

An alternative team you could try out is Noctowl, Vigoroth, and Abomasnow. These three Pokemon have great coverage between them and also currently place very high in the Sunshine Cup rankings.

Remember that it’s impossible to know what a true ‘best team’ looks like for any league or cup in the Go Battle League, as it always depends on the Pokemon your opponent sends out – and you’ll never know that until you’re already in battle.

Having said that, the teams we’ve recommended above should give you a pretty good chance at success. You can also find some of the other top contenders alongside their optimal movesets below.

Best Pokemon for the Sunshine Cup

Here are some of the top Pokemon for the Sunshine Cup in Pokemon Go:

PokemonFast MoveCharged Moves
PidgeotGustFeather Dance & Brave Bird
Galarian StunfiskMud ShotRock Slide & Earthquake
SwampertMud ShotHydro Cannon & Sludge Wave
NoctowlWing AttackSky Attack & Shadow Ball
VigorothCounterBody Slam & Bulldoze
AbomasnowPowder SnowWeather Ball (Ice) & Energy Ball
VictiniQuick AttackV-Create & Overheat
DubwoolDouble KickBody Slam & Payback
GliscorWing AttackEarthquake & Night Slash
MiltankTackleBody Slam & Ice Beam
BlazikenCounterBlaze Kick & Stone Edge
ObstagoonCounterNight Slash & Cross Chop

Pokemon Go Sunshine Cup rules & restrictions

The main rules of the Sunshine Cup are that only Normal, Fire, Grass, and Ground-type Pokémon are eligible to enter and they must be below the 1,500 CP limit.

There’s also one banned Pokemon who cannot take part in the Sunshine Cup, and that’s Charizard.

Pokemon Go Sunshine Cup start & end date

The Sunshine Cup begins on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at 1PM PT / 4PM ET / 9PM BST and ends on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at 1PM PT.

It will run alongside the traditional Ultra League, and we’ve got a best Ultra League team guide that can help you out there.

That’s everything you need to know about the Sunshine Cup! Check out some more Pokemon Go guides below:

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About The Author

Daniel graduated from university with a degree in Journalism and English Language, before spending five years at GAY TIMES covering LGBTQ+ news and entertainment. He then made the switch to video game journalism where he produces news, features, and guides for Pokemon, Fortnite, Nintendo, and PlayStation games. Daniel also has a passion for any games with queer representation.